The thorniest case is that of basketball, promised in Hall 6 of the Parc des expositions at Porte de Versailles. Not noble enough, too low a ceiling for FIBA (International Basketball Federation), NBA and French basketball stars. The subject is sensitive, the basket is a flagship product of the Olympic Games all over the world.
In a meeting on Tuesday, Michaël Aloïsio, chief of staff of the boss of the Organizing Committee (COJO), Pau Tony Estanguet, confirmed the track: to play the preliminary matches of the basketball tournament at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, instead of the matches of the first phase of handball. The final phases would take place as planned in Bercy for basketball, in Lille for handball.
If the OCOG and FIBA do not agree, the International Olympic Committee will decide
Please note, nothing is certain. The main would be delighted to be in Paris and Lille wowed the basketball world at Euro 2015. But FIBA clings to its desire to play the entire tournament in Paris in a venue up to par (of ceiling) of his expectations. The two parties are discussing “and we hope to find an agreement”, indicated Mr. Aloïsio, ideally before the OCOG board meeting on July 12. Otherwise, the International Olympic Committee will decide.
Boxing in two rounds
Other juggling: the shooting cannot take place on the site planned in Seine-Saint-Denis, because an administrative appeal threatens the keeping of the schedule of necessary works. Châteauroux is the No. 1 solution but it still comes up against a price issue, and controlling the budget “guides our choices” reminded Mr. Aloïsio.
In order not to strip the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, already less spoiled than in the initial plans, the preliminary modern pentathlon fencing event, boxing matches before the semi-finals and finals, Paralympic events and the cycling race open to the public will be moved there.